misconduct Definition

  • 1unacceptable or improper behavior, especially by an employee or professional person
  • 2wrongful conduct by a public official

Using misconduct: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "misconduct" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The teacher was fired for sexual misconduct with a student.

  • Example

    The company's CEO resigned due to financial misconduct.

  • Example

    The politician was accused of misconduct in office.

  • Example

    The athlete was suspended for misconduct during the game.

misconduct Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for misconduct

Phrases with misconduct

  • improper or unethical behavior by a professional person in the course of their work


    The doctor was found guilty of professional misconduct and had his license revoked.

  • unwanted or inappropriate sexual behavior, especially by a person in a position of power or authority


    The #MeToo movement brought attention to the issue of sexual misconduct in the workplace.

  • abuse of power or violation of the law by a public official


    The mayor was impeached for official misconduct and removed from office.

Origins of misconduct

from Old French 'mesconduire', meaning 'to lead astray'


Summary: misconduct in Brief

The term 'misconduct' [ˌmɪsˈkɒndʌkt] refers to unacceptable or improper behavior, particularly by professionals or public officials. Examples include 'The teacher was fired for sexual misconduct with a student.' and 'The athlete was suspended for misconduct during the game.' 'Misconduct' can also be qualified by context, such as 'professional misconduct,' 'sexual misconduct,' and 'official misconduct.'

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